What happened to his wedding ring?

It was a perfectly normal summer evening when everything changed and I became a widow. We always sat on the beach across the street with our friends. We always used the bathroom in the clubhouse. Mike always left the party to go home early.

This was unreasonable and should not be happening I kept thinking.  I was present but not really understanding what was going on.

Somehow I got home from the hospital that night and some family and good  friends were with me.

At 2:00 in the morning the detectives came in to tell me what they had decided happened.  I kept trying to convince them that this was ridiculous.  I explained how this was a typical evening.  Mike had been fine when I last saw him on the beach.

The one man who had been talking promised to keep in touch and gave me a card. The quiet detective who had been standing by the sliding glass door then approached me.  He offered his condolences then handed me a ziplock bag.

In the bag were Mike’s eyeglasses and his gold wedding ring.

All of my convincing didn’t work.  They still wanted to tell me that Mike died.

I wouldn’t touch the bag.

Someone else took it.

Days and weeks went by before I wondered what happened to that bag.  I looked in the cabinets where that man had been standing but never found it.

Eventually I asked people if they knew what happened to that bag.  No one really knew.

I joined a bereavement group and some Facebook pages with fellow widows and widowers.  I did find support in the groups but I was always a bit forlorn when others would share what they had done with their spouses rings.

Some were worn around necks.  Some were molded into new rings.  There’s even something called a widow’s ring.

Well, this past week I was cleaning out an old dresser that I had sold on line. I was in a rush to meet a friend for dinner but I had a few minutes. Somehow I felt compelled to just be sure the drawers were empty of old papers and tags and pennies before the people came to pick it up in the morning.

Wasn’t I surprised when in the back of one empty wooden drawer I picked up a shiny gold wedding ring.  I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face and tears of joy filled my eyes.

My own wedding ring hasn’t left my finger even though Mike has been gone now 25 months.  Basically it’s still here because I can’t physically get it off my finger but I’m really glad it’s still here.

However on a newer post I write about why my ring came off and what I did about it.

Do widows wear wedding rings?

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22 comments on “What happened to his wedding ring?”
  1. What an amazing find! I hope it brings you comfort.

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thank you – yes it does!

  2. Kristen I’m crying for you as I’m so happy.
    Gifts from above

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks Pauline. I’m so happy too 😊

  3. twocans1 says:

    Awesome! Such a comfort!

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks. And yes it is.

  4. How wonderful to find Mike’s ring. I smiled at your intuition telling you it was there before it left in the drawers. I am so happy for you.

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks. It was a compelling thing I needed to do.

  5. So glad you found it. A piece of him you will always have.

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks Cathy. I’m so happy too.

  6. Addie says:

    I think God saved I it and waited for the time you were able to deal with finding and then rejoicing in all the good you shared together sand how happy and proud of yo that he is knowing. You are still walking on the path that shares goodness and JOY too others.

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks. I definitely think I was led to find it too.

    2. runawaywidow says:

      Thank you.

  7. Melissa Moccaldi says:

    That’s unbelievable! So glad you have that part of Mike with you.

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thanks Melissa. Me too

  8. Tara says:

    So glad you found it!!!! So beautiful! Although I like to believe that you didn’t as much “find it” as Mike led you to it <3

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Me too. I was meant to find it.

  9. cedar51 says:

    I wonder how it slipped from the bag with I think you said eyeglasses and remained waiting for you to find…

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Me too. Weird and odd that I found it right before the dresser was gone.

  10. adventures says:

    I lost my husband too suddenly. It was comfort to keep wearing my ring. 3 years after he passed is when I finally removed it. I’m glad you found his!

    1. runawaywidow says:

      Thank you. I’m not wearing his but still wear mine.

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